March 17th, 2019
I am looking forward to a great week (and the first day of Spring)!
No Place for Hate
Last week, approximately sixty 6th, 7th, and 8th graders participated in student focus groups with members of the DCPS Office of Equity (Social Emotional Academic Development) to discuss the culture and climate at Deal. Although I have not received the full report from the two interviewers, I was able to have a quick debrief with them. During the debrief, they shared that our students said that one of the best things about Deal is our diversity. I agree. I love that everyday, we educate a myriad of students, each with their own special backgrounds and experiences.
In a school with such diversity we must be ever vigilant about creating a safe space for EVERYONE. Over the next two weeks, we will use the advisory period to discuss how we can create a no-slur school. As a community, we must continue to create an expectation for a safe, open learning environment free of slurs. Please have specific conversations with your child regarding not using insults related to ability, appearance, culture, gender, home language, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and social class.
Please feel free to share any resources that will support our efforts to make sure our school community is No Place for Hate.
Welcome AP Mitchell
As many of you know, Ms. Stallworth has been on a leave of absence since late fall. I have spoken with her during this time and she is doing well. I truly appreciate the teachers and staff members who stepped up to support our 7th graders during Ms. Stallworth's absence. Fortunately, we have been able to hire a 7th grade assistant principal. Mr. Richard Mitchell joined us a little over a week ago and has already demonstrated a strong ability to build relationships with our students and staff. He has been an awesome addition to our leadership team.
National Junior Honor Society
On Friday during advisory, we will host a meeting for the 7th and 8th graders who are eligible for induction into the National Junior Honor Society. The criteria for induction includes:
Principal Honors/Honor Roll for three advisories of the year of induction
10 hours of community service
No disciplinary concerns (office referrals, In School Suspensions, or Out of School Suspensions)
Participation in an extracurricular activity (inside or outside of school)
The following staff members are overseeing NJHS this year: Ms. White, 6th grade counselor; Ms. Monkou, 7th grade counselor; Ms. Travers, 8th grade counselor; Ms. Clark, 7th grade teacher; Ms. Morin, 8th grade social worker; and Ms. Scott, school psychologist.
Annual Asbestos Notification Letters
The Environmental Protection Agency mandates that all local education agencies distribute communications regarding the governance of asbestos-containing materials in school buildings throughout the United States. The Department of General Services (DGS) manages these regulations on behalf of DC Public Schools and has drafted this Annual Asbestos Notification Letter to be shared with the DCPS community. The letter is translated in English, Spanish, French, Amharic, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
Onward and Upward!